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Bye bye Bangkok

12 May

My kingdom for a pink BKK taxi

The end: a last torture massage, stuffing myself with Thai favourites, a last dip in the pool (35°), a last walk through the Red Shirt war zone, a few more kg of cheap clothes before jumping in a violently pink taxi to the airport – sniff sniff.
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Charming Chiang Mai Pics

1 May

Massage literally on every corner of the street...

Not sure how to summarise Chiang Mai, the charming relaxed city of the North of Thailand: full of temples, nice hotels, yummy food, biking around town, smiley people, superb China town and night market, massage on every street corner (literally sometimes), street food a go-go, quaint old town, enjoying yourself for no money, just a night train away from Bangkok!

  • All of this and much more in 101 pictures (well, a few less…).
  • Also have a look at the Funny Thailand pics

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Third world Belgium

1 Oct
You thought Belgium was in Europe?

You thought Belgium was in Europe?

Big sigh,… I have my moments of fighting the system… Sometimes Belgium just looks as if it were a ‘third world’ (developing) country. When travelling through Asia, I saw many things more developed than in Brussels…

Some examples:
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Relaxing on top of the mountain

4 Jul
Me, my niece and the mountain

Me, my niece and the mountain

All the taking care of the kids, living to the beat of their drum, entitled us to a break from the hustle and bustle of the daily routine. I came to visit my favourite niece and had hardly had time to talk to her. With a little help of the (grand)parents (my sister taking over the kids for the weekend) we escaped to a mountain resort with spa. This was ‘us-time’ with mountain walks, fancy food, massage and lots of catching up.

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Melaka – a bit of history

5 May
The Dutch old town with Stadhuys

The Dutch old town with Stadhuys

From Singapore I took the ‘massage bus’ to Melaka, about 3-4 hours drive in vibrating chairs further north. Melaka is a little town that got recognized as Unesco World Heritage only last year (at the same time as George Town on Penang Island), so there’s still lots of renovation and tidying going on, but there’s plenty of nice buildings to see. It’s like a polonaise of different countries, cultures and architectural styles that visited (invaded) this coastal town and trading port: Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch, British… with a pinch of Sultan influence.

I’m not sure if I was very receptive to take in another city, after a few days running around KL, then Singapore in a nutshell and then another town for just a day. Definitely going too fast, so I’ll slow down soon. So I’ll post pictures instead of writing much. And I ended my day in Melaka with some Chinese mmmmmassage. Continue reading

Massage and Lulur Java Style

27 Apr
Choose your massage girl

Choose your massage girl

After a day of sightseeing in Jogja, I was ready to take it a bit slower. And what’s better than having a massage when the day has been long. Funnily enough, in Belgium I have only had one or two massages in my life, but since I came to Asia, I must have had more than 10 – of varying price and quality (but always under 10US$/hour), and with a variety of endings ;-)

One of the Jogja friends is a regular massage goer, so he took me to his favourite spot. A well designed and comfy massage parlour. At the reception desk they have a whole menu of treatments, durations, and prices. But what was more funny to me, was the collection of pictures of the masseuses. You could actually choose your therapist based on their name and face-pic. They asked me whether I liked it strong, medium or soft, and when I said medium they indicated the medium girls to me. Continue reading

Happy Massage in Siem Reap

11 Mar

Golden Banana - my favourite

It was with mixed feelings that I was leaving Laos… Lao PDR (Please Don’t Rush) had a very calming effect on me. Life is simply slow here – no reasons (or even possibility) to rush (as you are limited and dependent on the one or two buses or boats a day anyway) – so it is the place to chill and go with the flow. But on the other hand there was Siem Reap waiting for me – and I knew Siem Reap – and it is a great place. I already had booked myself into my ‘usual spot’: the Golden Banana B&B, and they even kept my favourite room for me in the tower bungalow (3 levels above each other – so you are a bit away from the main paths…). And I discovered the wonders of Khmer massage – mmm.

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And I am staying here

20 Feb

The hole in my back from the too heavy backpack

The hole in my back from the too heavy backpack

Muang Ngoi Neua is simply paradise. I was a bit ill when I arrived (probably a flue, hopefully not the birdy type) so I needed to take care of me. And it’s at the end of the street that I found a massage place and herbal sauna run by a Scandinavian that speaks perfectly Lao (horizontal teaching I assume? The best way to learn a language ;-). I went in to give myself and my damaged back a treat – 40000 Kip (4 euro) for an hour of healing hands is a great investment.

But Muang Ngoi is full of little pleasant surprises and surprising pleasures. The other day I sat down at a little open air restaurant, under a shady parasol and ordered a banana pancake. Ok said the woman who took my order, and Continue reading

The Golden Banana Experience

6 Jan

Blogging at the pool...

Blogging at the pool

The ‘Golden Banana’ is a guesthouse in Siem Reap. It was recommended to me by my Norwegian friend who swears by it (except they are often fully booked – but thanks to ‘recession’ this time round they weren’t). It consists of different parts; the ‘Resort’ for the fancy people (but that looks gorgeous!); the ‘boutique hotel’ for the middle class, and the ‘Bed & Breakfast’ for people like me.

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